Presented in collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company as part of the London 2012 Festival, this major exhibition aims to bring to life the world that Shakespeare knew.

The displays, drawn from the Museum's own collections and from across Europe, will include works of art, maps, tapestries, armour, books, medals and more.

The Lyte Jewel, an exquisite construction of enamelled gold with diamonds and containing a portrait of James I by Nicholas Hilliard, was presented to Thomas Lyte in 1610 in thanks for his royal genealogy tracing James' descent, through Banquo, from Brutus, the mythical Trojan founder of Britain. James VI and I claimed descent from Brutus and Aeneas of Troy via Banquo, whose murder is a key element in Shakespeare's Macbeth.

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